Thoughtful Thursday: Self Acceptance

“In a society that profits from self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.”

This is so true.  How many times a day do you see an ad for something that is suggesting that you need to fix a problem?  We have been trained to be critical of ourselves and of others for our outward appearances.  Wrinkles, fat, saggy skin, gray hair…I could go on and on.  All of these “problems” have a solution if you’re willing to get the “next big product”.  Women hate their bodies.  They feel uncomfortable in their own skin.  They nit pick each others bodies.  They hate and envy each other.

Amy Pence-Brown stood in a busy market, stripped down to a bikini and asked (via a chalkboard message at her feet) people to draw a heart on her to show they supported self acceptance.  In Amy’s words she’s a fat, 40 year old mother of three and that she expected rude comments.  The rudeness didn’t happen, instead she was covered with hearts.

Amy is beautiful.  She is strong.  She is positive.  She is someone that should be admired.

I loved this video!  The message of “all bodies are valuable” is so true.

It is so easy to get caught up focusing on our flaws instead of the amazing things we do and are capable of doing as human beings.

This is an interview that Amy did with a news crew after the video went viral.

This woman is amazing.  Not just for doing the video but for raising her kids to have self acceptance and for liking who she is in the skin that she’s in.  No matter what her body looks like (I personally think she’s beautiful) that body brought forth her three wonderful children and that is more than enough to qualify as beautiful.signature